— The St. Lous Blues have been forced to cut a major piece of their core, and now it appears that they’ll need to trade for someone to fill it.
The St Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Blues have agreed to terms with free-agent forward Brian Elliott, who has one year remaining on his contract and is expected to land a one-year deal.
The Blues’ decision to move Elliott from St. Paul to St. John’s was not immediately known.
The St. Lawrence Blues, who have been chasing Elliott for months, are expected to be among the contenders for Elliott’s services, but that will be dependent on what Elliott can bring to St Louis, who could use a top-six forward to bolster the team’s bottom-six corps.
The 25-year-old Elliott was one of the best offensive defensemen in the NHL last season, leading the Blues in scoring and plus/minus, and he led the league in power-play points and even-strength goals scored.
He had three goals and six assists in 21 games for the Blues last season.
St. Louis had some trouble getting Elliott on board, but the Blues are confident he’ll be able to find a deal that makes sense for both sides.
The team is in the midst of a rebuilding process, so it makes sense that Elliott is going to be a major asset.